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Addiction in America: Society, Psychology and Heredity
     

Addiction in America: Society, Psychology and Heredity

by Ida Walker
 

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Almost 40 percent of people living in the United States have an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or some form of tobacco. These addictions cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars every years. Clearly, addiction is an enormous problem.

Addiction in America: Society, Psychology, and Heredity takes a look at what leads people to a life of addiction-the social

Overview

Almost 40 percent of people living in the United States have an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or some form of tobacco. These addictions cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars every years. Clearly, addiction is an enormous problem.

Addiction in America: Society, Psychology, and Heredity takes a look at what leads people to a life of addiction-the social, psychological, and hereditary factors that might make an individual susceptible to addiction. This book provides you with an overview of one of the most serious problems facing American society today.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
There is little to recommend here, from the first sentence that starts with "According to the University of Pennsylvania Health System (www.uphs.upenn.edu), approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population is addicted to alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two." Sadly, this look at the ways people are addicted does not become significantly better in its tone or writing, even though it is imparting useful information for its teenager readers. Writing sentences about how the "cool kids" drank and "because she definitely wanted to be a cool kid, Maggie decided she would drink too" will make the teenage audience tune out. Teachers may find value in some of the art, such as a 1950 cigarette ad featuring Bing Crosby, or a tobacco league being a major sponsor of a soccer game, and use those to encourage students to discuss product placement or advertising. Chapters cover definitions of addiction; society and culture's role in addiction; psychology and addiction; heredity and addiction; addiction's effects on society and stopping addiction. As in the other books on addiction, the Johns Hopkins professor's introduction is repeated, and some of the material represented it also covered in other books from the "Illicit and Misused Drugs" series from Mason Crest. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422224267
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.67(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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